How to Deep Clean Your Pool
Cleaning your own pool is a fantastic way to save money and keep swimmers happy and healthy. It's easy to do, too-all you need is the right know-how and the proper tools.
If you're not sure where to begin, our expert pool contractors are here to help. Read on as we break down the basics of how to give your pool a much-needed deep clean.
1. Come Equipped with the Right Pool Supplies
Half the battle in pool cleaning is having the proper equipment in your arsenal. While you don't need a storage shed full of specialized accessories or shelves stocked with countless chemicals, you will need a few key items to do the job well.
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- A telescopic pole: Without this trusty extendable pole, you won't be able to reach the nooks and crannies that are prone to algae growth. This tool is a must-have. Your back will thank you for it.
- A leaf net: While it may be possible to collect leaves and debris from your pool water manually, you'll save hours of hard labor with this handy accessory.
- A pool brush: This removable gadget attaches to the end of your telescopic pole to make light work of washing the walls, steps, and other flat surfaces in and around your pool.
- A pool vacuum: Unless you want to practice scuba diving, you're going to want to invest in a quality pool vacuum to clean the bottom floor of your pool.
- A chemical test kit and pool chemicals: A test kit is an easy-to-use way to analyze and rebalance your pool's chemistry. No science degree necessary.
2. Skimming the Pool
To get started, remove as much floating debris as you can with your leaf skimmer. Organic materials eat up chlorine, so the more you can remove, the better.
3. Clean the Pool Filter
This part you can do manually, yet it's essential to the basic sanitation of your pool. Remove and dispose of any debris that your filter has collected. If it's really dirty, you may want to consider backwashing the filter to flush away anything potentially clogging the system.
4. Vacuuming the Pool
Vacuuming a pool is just like vacuuming a carpet. Use your pool vacuum to suck up dust, dirt, small rocks, and debris from the bottom floor. We recommend using a steady hand for this process, as moving the vacuum too quickly can cause sediment to disperse and re-enter the water.
5. Brushing the Pool
This step requires elbow grease. You'll need to apply some force to dislodge stubborn algae build-up from the walls of your pool. Typically, we find that areas with stagnant water, such as corners tend to accumulate the most gunk.
6. Rebalance pH and Chlorine Levels
Lastly, you get to play at-home chemist and break out your test kit to evaluate the pH and chlorine levels of your pool. Thankfully, you don't have to be a real scientist to do this, as test kits come with easy-to-use instructions and color-coded indicators that tell you how much or how little product you need to add.
Need some help turning that pool from green to blue? Palm Beach Pool Doctor, Inc. proudly serves and delivers our products to Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and beyond. Don't hesitate to drop us a line at (561) 275-0069 for some professional assistance!